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News on The 700 Club: September 23, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," September 23: Charlotte streets mostly peaceful as protests enter third day; The godly heritage behind the National Museum of African American History, and more. Read Transcript

People took to the streets in Charlotte, North Carolina,

again last night.

This time the demonstrators were peaceful.

The protesters are demanding to see the police

video of the shooting.

Christian ministries have also been

on the scene, praying for peace and for people

who need help and hope.

George Thomas has the story.

GEORGE THOMAS: The demonstrations

were largely peaceful as more than 400 National Guard troops

and police kept watch.

Meanwhile family members of Keith Scott

said police video of his fatal shooting

has left them with more questions than answers.

Scott, a 43-year-old black man and father of seven,

was shot on Tuesday by Officer Brentley Vinson, who is black.

Police say a gun was recovered on the scene.

His family says he didn't even own a weapon.

They claim he was carrying a book, not a gun.

After Scott's relatives watched the police video

of the shooting, a family lawyer said,

"When he was shot and killed, Mr Scott's hands

were up by his side and he was slowly walking backwards."

The family wants the video released.

But police say that won't happen until the investigation is


In the wake of the violence, churches

and Christian ministries have been out on the streets

looking to help and praying with people.

The Billy Graham evangelistic association

deployed crisis-trained chaplains.

A gentleman walked by, saw my truck, saw our van, said,

are you chaplains?


Do you have a minute?


Can I tell you my story?

And he just needed prayer.

He just said I'm overwhelmed with life right now,

and that's a current, constant theme that we hear often.

GEORGE THOMAS: On Wednesday night as police and protesters

clashed, Charlotte pastor, Kirby Anthony,

and members of his church were on the streets.

We decided to go down there to Uptown

for one reason and one reason only,

to pray and to be a light for those that were there.

To be a light for the police officers

and to be a light for the protesters.

GEORGE THOMAS: Meanwhile the officer

involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man

in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will face a first-degree manslaughter


I determined that the filing of the phony crime of manslaughter

in the first degree against Tulsa police officer Betty

Shelby is warranted.

GEORGE THOMAS: Shelby encountered Terrence Crutcher

last Friday night with his car abandoned

in the middle of the street.

Shelby claims Crutcher ignored her commands

and feared that he had a gun.

But police in Tulsa have released the dash cam video

and it showed Crutcher with his hands up and walking away.

HELICOPTER POLICE: He's got his hands up there for her now.

GEORGE THOMAS: Crutcher was shot moments later.

His family said his death was racially motivated.

While we are pleased to learn that the officer who

senselessly killed my beloved twin brother

will face criminal charges for her reckless act,

we understand that nothing will bring him back.

GEORGE THOMAS: Officer Shelby turned herself in early Friday

morning to face the first-degree manslaughter charge.

And both shootings have once again

brought the issues of race and relations

with law enforcement along with how

to handle police videos back to the headlines in an election


George Thomas, CBN News.

Bottom line, we need to release these police videos.

That's why they're being taken is

to show exactly what happened in these violent encounters.

So that the public knows, we all know.

And we need to have justice in these situations.

You just can't sweep it under the rug.

You can't try to deny what's already

on a recorded piece of video.

They need to release that.

But I think even more importantly,

we need to pray as a nation.

And that's why CBN is calling us into a 40-day period of prayer,

and it should not end at the 40 days.

It should end when this violence ends.

When the racial divide ends.

We need to be one nation under God, indivisible,

with liberty and justice for all.

Well this weekend they're opening a long awaited museum

on African-American history and John Jessup

has that story from our CBN News bureau in Washington.


Thanks, Gordon.

That's right.

The story of one old country church and a slave revolt

in the 1800's could provide clues

on how to deal with conflicts our nation still faces today.

The latest addition to the Smithsonian Institute opening

this weekend on the National Mall,

will feature exhibits that highlight the journey

from slavery to freedom.

A journey paved in large part by faith.

JOHN JESSUP: On this dusty Virginia

road sits an old country church.

FEMALE VOICE: You just fill the nearness of God here.

JOHN JESSUP: So small that Persons United Methodist only

opens its doors two Sundays a month.

Family and long time members fill the pews

for its 178th anniversary.

Mark Person organized the event.

MARK PERSON: Ancestors were founding members of the Church.

JOHN JESSUP: Big names like the state's governor, the President

and even the Queen of England have noted the church's history

through the years.

And the church's reputation is sure to grow

as people learn about its connection

to the new Smithsonian Museum of African-American history

and culture.

All this property behind the church

used to belong to the family, including Persons millpond back

in those woods.

It has historical significance because back in 1827,

a young African-American preacher was baptized there.

He would go on to lead the largest and bloodiest slave

rebellion in American history.

His name, Nat Turner.

A deeply religious slave who learned how to read.

A powerful speaker nicknamed the Prophet.

Turner claimed he saw visions from God.

Mark Person recalls hearing about Nat Turner as a child.

MARK PERSON: As I got older and kind of got

a little more history from the elders,

you know they said there was an insurrection of 1831.

JOHN JESSUP: Mark's great, great uncle

was among the dozens of people killed

in the rebellion against white slave owners led by Turner.

About 60 men, women and even children

died at the hands of slaves determined

to seize their freedom no matter the cost.

But two slaves helped save Mark's great, great grandmother

who was eight months pregnant.

MARK PERSON: And they were looking for her

and they said, hey, she's run out the back, hurry.

And they saved her life.

If it hadn't been for that slave that night,

then I wouldn't be telling the story.

JOHN JESSUP: White militias struck back quickly

to put down the rebellion and in turn, killed 200 blacks.

Turner surrendered two months later

with a sword in one hand and a Bible

in the other, which was passed down to the Persons.

MARK PERSON: So since 1912 that Bible has been in the family.

JOHN JESSUP: After a hundred years of safekeeping,

the family learned about plans for the new museum

and decided the time was right to donate the Bible.

MARK PERSON: We;d talk about, hey that Bible maybe belongs

where a few more people might see it.

JOHN JESSUP: Although painful, Mark

believes there are important lessons for all of us

to learn from the past.

MARK PERSON: God still has His hand on everything

and you know the slaves went through a lot.

It had to be dehumanizing and you know

the families were split up.

I've met some people that said that they equate it

to the Nat Turner uprising as give me liberty

or give me death.

JOHN JESSUP: Mark speaks about his family history

at college campuses and even had a chance

to meet some of Nat Turner's relatives.

He says it opened the door to reconciliation,

a major goal of the new museum.

Race and reconciliation is a part of what our hope is.

It is my belief that everyone who visits the museum

will come out of it different and better.

JOHN JESSUP: A divided past through the lens of a shared

history and a shared future.

In other news, when the State Department declared that

Christians in Syria and Iraq were facing genocide,

many hoped support for those communities would follow,

but it hasn't.

So New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith

has introduced bipartisan legislation

that would provide relief to the victims of genocide

in Iraq and Syria and hold accountable those responsible.

Advocates are surprised legislation is even

needed to pressure Congress and the President

to protect whole communities facing annihilation.

In the midst of this genocide, saving

Christian and other communities that face extinction

in Iraq and Syria is part of your mission.

There is nothing unconstitutional, illegal,

unethical or unprofessional about prioritizing their need

to survival as communities.

They are innocent victims of a genocide.

If these victimed communities are not receiving aid,

you are not fulfilling your mission.

Some also expressed grave concerns

that the U.S. has accepted so few Christian refugees.

Well cutting edge technology is helping

archaeologists unravel the mysteries

of an ancient biblical scroll.

The charred remains of the scroll

were found in Engedi, Israel, near the Dead Sea in 1970.

They set in a storeroom for decades too brittle to open.

Now researchers say a new digital scanning technology

allowed them to read the scroll, including eight verses

from the book of Leviticus.

Dr. Corne Bekker, Dean of the School of Divinity

at Regent University, explains what the scientists found

and why it's so important.

The oldest version that we had of Leviticus

actually went back to the eight century

and this puts us back to possibly the first century,

definitely the second century.

And what's extraordinary about this

is that this indeed affirms the veracity, the truthfulness,

the trustworthiness of the biblical record that we have.

Scholars say those verses are the first physical evidence

that the version of the Hebrew Bible used today

goes back 2000 years to the time of Christ.

Gordon, the wonders of modern technology.

The wonders of modern technology, but even more

important the wonders that the translation

of the Bible we have is accurate and goes back-- we

now have evidence of it going back to the Second Temple


If this is truly dated in the first century a.d.,

this is the text that was used during the time of Jesus.

The earliest one before that is called the Masoretic text

and eighth/ninth century is the oldest versions

of that where we still have scrolls from it.

Now we can go back all the way to the first century,

because this version matches that text letter for letter

in those chapters in Leviticus.

And so that establishes that what

we've been using for the English translations of the Bible,

at least the first five books of the Bible,

goes all the way back to the Second Temple.

That's a big deal.

Well, here's the other thing that I

think is so fascinating for the future.

There are lots of other scrolls and findings

that were as damaged as this one and therefore, couldn't ever

be unraveled then read.

They've just been preserved.

So this process--

And so now the technology is there to read them again.

We'll look forward to that.

That's wonderful.


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